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December 27, 2018 Happy Birthday Michigan MVP Chris Perry

Posted on December 26, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Chris Perry. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Raymond Christopher “Chris” Perry was born on this day in Advance, North Carolina. He grew up to be an excellent football player. Perry  played some great football at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. After high school, he had plenty of offers to play college football. However, Chris decided to head north and play for Lloyd Carr and his Michigan Wolverines.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Chris Perry

Off to a Good Start, But the Best Was Yet to Come

Chris Perry arrived in Ann Arbor in 2000. He carried the ball in nine games and averaged 5.4 yards per carry (77 carries/417 net yards). Perry earned his first letter on a Michigan team that went 9-3-0 and earned a share of the Big Ten Championship (6-2-0). Of course, he earned his first varsity letter in 2000.

Chris Perry Michigan Football 2003 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Chris Perry had a record-setting career at Michigan and he played on two Big Ten Champions! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Perry posted more carries in 2001 (129) and increased his yardage to 485 for the season. However, his yards per carry average dipped to a career-low 3.8 yards per touch. He also scored 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Michigan slipped a little bit that year too. The Wolverines finished the season with an overall record of 8 wins and 4 losses and finished in second place with another record of 6 wins and 2 losses.  

Perry Gained over 1,000 yards in 2002

Chris Perry returned for his third season in 2002 and he was ready for a BIG YEAR! He started eleven games at tailback and averaged about 100 rushing yards per game. Perry finished the season with 1,110 yards on 267 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. The good news was that he helped Michigan post a record of 10 wins and 3 losses. The bad news was that the Wolverines ended the season in third place in the Big Ten with their fourth consecutive six-win conference season (6-2-0). Chris earned his third varsity letter for his excellent play in 2002.

Chris Perry Saved His Best for Last!

The durable Perry returned for his final season in 2003. Fortunately, he saved his best for last! Chris rushed 338 times for a total of 1,674 net yards in his senior year. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored 18 touchdowns. His outstanding play helped the Wolverines to another ten-win season (10-3-0), More importantly, he helped Michigan earn a share of the Big Ten Championship.

Chris ran like one of the best backs in the country in 2003 – that’s for sure. In fact, he won the Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Best Back), won the Big Ten rushing title, earned All-Conference honors and consensus All-American honors as well. He also placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Chris was named Michigan’s team Most Valuable Player and earned the same title for the Big Ten. 

Chris Perry Michigan Football All American 2003 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Chris Perry finished his career as a consensus All-American and the first, and only,  Michigan running back to win the Doak Walker Award in 2003. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan

Chris Perry Finished Strong and Set Some Records Too!

Yes, Chris Perry had a great season in 2003. He finished his Michigan Football career with 3,696 net yards and 39 rushing touchdowns.   Perry became the first, and only, Wolverine running back to carry the ball 51 times in a 27-20 win over MSU in 2003. (He rushed for a total of 219 yards and scored one touchdown in that huge win.

Chris Perry ended his career with another record. He is also the first, and only, Michigan back to carry the ball 338-times in one season. Yes, he was a sledge hammer in 2003. He just kept pounding away at the opponent’s defensive lines. It was one of the greatest seasons any Michigan running back has ever put in the books! He finished his Michigan Football career with 3,696 net yards and 39 rushing touchdowns.

So, today is a good day to remember the outstanding Michigan Football career of Chris Perry. He was a record setting player who gave his all to Michigan. Thanks to, Chris Perry for his great contributions to wonderful history that is Michigan Football. I hope Chris has a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

Enjoy the Wolverine Historian’s video tribute to Chris Perry


Note: For more information on Chris Perry’s NFL career check out the first link below.



Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 26, 2018

When is the first time that Michigan and Florida played in a bowl game?

Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Answer – December 26, 2018

The Michigan Wolverines played their first football game in May 1879. The University of Florida started much later – in 1906. Surprisingly, the teams never met on the football field until the Outback Bowl in 2003.

The first ever game/bowl game between the Gators and the Wolverines worked out well for Michigan. Lloyd Carr’s Maize and Blue footballers defeated Urban Meyer’s Florida team by the score of 38-30. Go Blue!

Part III. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 27, 2018

Who is the only Michigan Football player to be named MVP of two bowl games in the same calendar year?

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